That old bugger satan really likes to mess around with people all throughout their lives. However, we cannot fully blame satan because God allows satan to do these things. See, the thing is, God wants us to prove our worth to Him. God created Lucifer, and Lucifer wanted to exalt himself above God. There is some evil that God just cannot imagine. So, God cast His angel, Lucifer, who is satan on the earth, out of heaven and into the world. Satan answers to God. Satan can go before God’s throne. God allows satan to mess around on the earth so that us meeklings will glorify God even more, and prove our undying devotion to Him.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and satan also came among them. The Lord said to satan, “From where do you come?” Then satan answered the Lord and said “from roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to satan “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning from evil.”
Then satan answered the Lord “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?…. But put forth Your hand now and touch all be has and surely he will curse You to Your face.”
Then the Lord said to satan “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” Job 1:6-12
So, satan departs from God’s throne, and sets off to do horrible things to Job and his family. He can do anything but kill Job. All the while, Job never curses God. He questions God. He wants to die. But in the end, his love for God grows stronger and more intimate.
God’s children are to one day be angels in His army. Why would our Father want a weak army? We are to be suffering servants on earth. God does not want another Lucifer in His army of angels in Heaven. We are tried on earth and refined by fire to prove we are willing to always do what is good by God. If found unworthy of God’s court of angels then to the devil we will go. Surely then man will know that He is the Lord thy God.
It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; but the third will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘the Lord is my God.'”Zechariah 13:8-9
So be on the alert for that serpent of old. Even through the trials in life, no matter how trying they may be. God is with you and will see you through as long as faith is there. If not, battling with the devil is so much worse. And there is no good ending without God. God does love us. Immensely. Uncorruptibly. He is our Father, watching us rise & undeniably fall. I cannot even imagine His pain. He endures it. He has a plan. We just have to believe with all our being.
Some people may believe that it is cruel for God to let satan try us. They may think ‘surely no loving God would purposely hurt their child.’. Since the very beginning, God’s creation of man has denied Him. God started creating laws for the humans to obey, yet of course they didn’t. They chose to be with the devil in the world and deny Him being their creator, their Father. Throughout the old testement God destroys, and gives His creation another chance. Then another chance. Saying along the way that surely they will recognize by these things that He is God. But still, mankind fails. Always falling for the wiles of satan. Don’t fall for it. God is not an easy way out. He does not just want to be around during hard times. He wants devotion in the best times, too. Pray hard. Pray unceasingly.
God does not want us to be robots. He gives us free will so that we may freely choose to love Him, or deny Him. He gives us free will so that we can be individuals. Of course, humans would freely love God if He would just prove Himself. But what kind of love would that really be? Shallow and selfish. Lacking substance from not being tested by faith. What reward would God have if we love Him because He makes us love Him? He wants us to strive to be perfect as He is perfect. Although no one can ever reach the glory of God, we are to aim to be perfect by obeying Him. By walking in the Spirit. By walking like Jesus.